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The Life without Electricity from Uganda

Ever wondered how life is without electricity? Let me share with you in pictures, how people in my village survive without electricity. This is what inspires to innovate energy for my people.

Ironing: Here is a photo of Iron box that uses charcoal from wood.


Lighting is mostly by kerosene powered lamps (locally known as etadoba )


Cooking is by using wood.

Phone Charging is a business because people have to travel miles of distance to find electricity.

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Comment by Agent H on March 20, 2010 at 9:05pm
I really appreciate these photos. I saw people charging phones centrally like this, in photos from Haiti after the earthquake.
Comment by E B on March 20, 2010 at 9:21pm
My pleasure. This makes me scratch my head on how to turn around people lives through innovation. To begin with, at least in my village.
Comment by Comelia Tang on March 21, 2010 at 1:11am
Wow, I really like this post a lot. Thanks for the insight! and I have a question regarding the phone charging service, how often do people use them? and what do you think of solar mobile phones?
Comment by E B on March 21, 2010 at 1:22am
Hello Cornelia,
I am happy that you like this post.
Q. How often do people use them [phone charging service]?
A. Usually, people have to ride bicycle sometimes more than 5 miles, take the phone and leave it there for an overnight charging. Then they have to come the following day and pick it up.

Q. ... and what do you think of solar mobile phones?
Of recent there is one telecom compnay advertising solar phones, but for some reason people dont seem to like them. I will investigate why, now that you asked :)

Thanks for asking.
Comment by Comelia Tang on March 21, 2010 at 1:28am
Wow, 10 miles to charge a phone is very far!! Please find out about why the solar phones doesn't appeal to people, that will give us a fresh POV. Thanks again!
Comment by Michele Baron on March 21, 2010 at 1:42am
I have a couple of those irons. They are heavy. And they get very hot. If they aren't rusty, they work well, and can also warm the bed if it happens to be rainy season, but not an efficient use of "man-hours." It takes courage to realize life elsewhere is different, and to continue to strive -- someday, if all can strive together, great differences can be made--and more equity realized...
Comment by E B on March 21, 2010 at 2:02am
Me too, I use this to Iron my clothes whenever I am in the village. The trick to remove the rusty is to move it in sand.
Comment by Comelia Tang on March 21, 2010 at 2:06am
Pardon my ignorance. My mom used to tell me how in the past people used charcoal iron to iron and when my grandfather died, he kept a lot of antiques, and I got to inherit the charcoal iron and I kept it as display....until E B posted it up, I thought nobody using it anymore.
Comment by E B on March 21, 2010 at 2:15am
I will talk from Uganda setting. Most people (aprox 80%) use charcoal iron. Only 10% of the population is connected to the electricity grid.

Even still in cities where there is electricity, people still use charcoal iron because it is cheaper option.

You probably will need to try it out :) Minus, getting extremely hot, it works much better than my electric iron box
Comment by Comelia Tang on March 21, 2010 at 2:17am
Lol I will have to find charcoal 1st!!! Anyway, my mom says it works better than modern iron and the clothes comes out better looking.


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